Trump tariff threat to Irish trade adds to Brexit chaos

Trump said that Brexit is "tearing countries apart". Mr Trump made the comments during a press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office yesterday.

Trump, who holds himself up as a master deal-maker, said he had given Prime Minister Theresa May his ideas on how she could negotiate a successful deal for leaving the 28-member group of nations.

Donald Trump has said Theresa May ignored his suggestions on how to negotiate Brexit and he is surprised at how badly it has been handled.

Mr Trump's comments come as MPs prepare to vote on a second Brexit referendum this evening - the first time they have been given an official opportunity to have their say on the issue.

Last night, he presented the US President, Donald Trump, with the traditional bowl of shamrock in a ceremony at the White House.

Sitting beside Mr Varadkar, Mr Trump claimed the process of trying to reach a trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union contained difficulties. "And with the help of the administration, we were able to save those jobs, so thank you very much for that".

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will travel to Chicago today as part of the annual Saint Patrick's Day programme of events.

Mr Trump was asked by reporters if he was still a Brexit supporter. "I predicted it was going to happen".

During a speech at the Vice President's US Naval Observatory residence, the Irish leader said his fascination with American politics at a young age "helped to inspire me to believe in the power of politics to do good because ultimately that is what politics is all about". "I regret that Brexit's happening".

Mr Varadkar also said Ireland wanted frictionless trade with the United Kingdom and he believed in free trade, and while it may be years before the United Kingdom "sorted itself out", the European Union was "available to talk trade with the US".

"Most important thing for us in Ireland is that their decision to leave shouldn't cause problems in Northern Ireland where people voted to stay", he said.

This prompted Mr Trump to complain about how the U.S. was treated in trade talks with the European Union and he warned of tariffs being slapped on European Union products.

Turning to Mr Varadkar, he said: "Leo, I'm sure you agree on that".

"We shouldn't have a hard border or anything to obstruct the peace process".

He added: "The EU has been very tough to deal with and frankly it's been very one-sided for many years so we are changing that around".

Earlier, on his plans to visit Ireland, Mr Trump said: "I'll be coming at some point during the year".



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